Who Are We?
Thank you for visiting the South East Area of Hampshire Freemasonry and I am very pleased to welcome you to our new website. This site is open to both members of the public and fellow Freemasons who are referred to as ‘Brethren’.
Today there are nearly a third of a million Freemasons in England and Wales and we are organised into Provinces. There are 47 Masonic Provinces plus London and, with one or two exceptions, they correspond with county boundaries. Ours, which we call the Province of Hampshire and Isle of Wight, with 11,000 members in 250 lodges, is the second largest in the country, and we are led by our Provincial Grand Master, Mike Wilks.
What Are We?
Freemasonry is a world-wide, non-religious, fraternal and charitable organisation. Masonry consists of a body of men brought together for the sake of mutual intellectual, social and moral improvement. Masonry recognises no distinction of religion and emphasises the duties of citizenship. Religious or political discussion is not permitted in Lodge meetings.
In this country in its present form it is in excess of 350 years old and dates from the time when bands of stonemasons wandered Europe, working during the day on building sites, living in their lodges at night-time, building the beautiful cathedrals and edifices we can still see today.
They began to accept honorary members, that is, non-active stonemasons, into their lodges. These men were called Free and Accepted Masons, and that is how the movement as we know it today began.
Where Are We?
The South East Area of the Province of Hampshire and Isle of Wight consists of fifty lodges and nearly 2000 brethren located at Masonic centres in Horndean, Purbrook, Cosham, Havant and Old Portsmouth. Portsmouth being an old Naval port; we have some of the oldest lodges in the Province, indeed in February 2017 we will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the formation of the Province of Hampshire ; and June 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the amalgamation of the Province of Hampshire and the Province of Isle of Wight.
Please feel free to read through the information on this site or indeed visit the following websites - Provincial Grand Lodge of Hampshire and Isle of Wight or United Grand Lodge of England
How Do I Join?
We are very keen to get more people involved in the incredible work we do.
Once you have had a look around this site and the two others above and if you would like to know more please contact us for more information.
Thank you for visiting.
Assistant Provincial Grand Master
South East Area